Zeminar 2016

Our Trip to Zeminar

by Elizabeth Reinke


A couple weeks ago a few students from Youthreach, including myself were chosen to attend Zeminar in the RDS in Dublin on Tuesday the 11th of October 2016.

We were all looking forward to the day, but definitely not looking forward to waking up around 6am that morning. When the day came around the five of us met up outside the Youthreach centre before 8am and the bus left at 8:10am. The ride to Dublin was a short 3 hours, probably because everyone was asleep on the way there.

When we got to the RDS and saw the amount of teachers and students we really didn’t know what to expect. Regardless though, we got our tickets and €5 for lunch and arranged to split up but meet at the door at 1pm to see how each of us was getting on.

There were so many tables with different clubs, organizations and colleges, it was almost overwhelming. These included Dublin Zoo, foroige, The North Atlantic Basketball Academy, Habitat for Humanity, SOLAS, Youthreach and so much more! Everyone was super friendly and we could take part in experiments, games and learn all about the different things places like The Dublin Institute of Technology have to offer. It was really interesting and we learned a lot. I think the most interesting part was the RSA having car and motorcycle crash simulators. This was where you actually got to sit in a car or on a motorbike and it showed you what it was like to crash, or how easy it is to make a mistake on the road. Just seeing people sitting in that car as it spun upside-down made me dizzy… If you didn’t want to get flipped over though you could sit down and put on an oculus rift, where you could virtually crash and it would look just as real.

After we met up we were given another hour so we took the time to go out to the back and get food and then went to the concert room where The Strypes were playing live. They were amazing!

At 2pm we took a few pictures together and got ready to leave. Everyone was tired but in a great mood. We spent the journey back talking, laughing and eating all the chocolate bars that were brought for us… Overall it was a fun day, and it was really nice just to get out of the centre. I’d definitely do it again!